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Leftovers: The 100 most astonishing treasures saved from the dumpster
Mar. 14, 2018
Astrid King
Non-fiction: Lifestyle
A surprisingly positive spin on one of life's most dreaded tasks: clearing a loved one's home of the possessions they couldn't take with them when they died. Every book written about this subject seems to focus on minimalism and how nobody wants grandma's old china anymore. This book looks at the subject in a totally new, refreshing way and turns a sad task into a treasure hunt which comes with a priceless benefit: the opportunity to learn more about the people you love the most.

Mama was a major television star. Daddy was a war hero who was once voted the handsomest husband in New York. Neither one threw a thing away. Nor did their ancestors. Or their ancestors' ancestors. Everything anyone deemed worthy of saving has been stuffed into the home where Peg Lynch and Odd Knut Ronning spent the last 40 years of their 62-year marriage. Suddenly, both die and it's all hers – 4200 sq. ft. of other people's stuff. What's a dutiful daughter to do? She grabs a shovel, starts digging and discovers she hasn't inherited stuff after all. She's inherited buried treasure. Astrid Ronning King takes the reader along on her life-changing journey as she unearths 100 unexpected treasures very different in nature that are in turn fascinating, rare, hilarious, historical, romantic, shocking and, most of all, unforgettable.
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International rights are available. Television rights also available for nearly 100 episodes of “Ethel and Albert” (see 'Other Information').
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Other Information:
Astrid King is the daughter of Peg Lynch, the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom. She created ETHEL AND ALBERT in 1936 and in 1944, took her already-popular show to New York, where she hoped to find a major network who would broadcast it nationally. NBC said they would take it to the top but insisted on buying it from her and Peg Lynch rewrote the rules for women working in the entertainment industry by saying NO. She wanted to keep what she created. CBS didn't care who owned it so when ETHEL AND ALBERT became an overnight success, first on radio then on TV, Peg Lynch was calling the shots.

The show became a major hit (eventually airing right before “I Love Lucy” on the same network) and Peg Lynch became a huge star until 1956 when, after 1300 radio episodes and 168 television episodes were broadcast, ETHEL AND ALBERT (which starred, in addition to Peg, Alan Bunce and Margaret Hamilton) went off the air because Peg didn't want to raise Astrid in Hollywood, where the network was moving production. The only reason future generations didn't grow up watching reruns of the show is because Peg didn't think of syndicating the episodes. In fact, people assumed copies of the show no longer even existed.

But guess what Astrid found while clearing her parents' home after her father died in 2014 at 96 and her mother followed a year later at 98? Leftover #44 - Nearly 100 kinescopes containing an equal number of ETHEL AND ALBERT episodes on them which haven't been seen since they appeared on network television in the mid-fifties. A find like this is miraculous. Kinescopes were typically thrown away or disintegrated over time but somehow, all of Peg's survived nicely in a closet in Becket, Massachusetts. These hilarious episodes - each one a study in comedic genius – simply need to be modernized and they'll be ready to share. The major publicity which will accompany this find will also promote the book(s).

In addition, Peg Lynch left behind a massive archive of items from her radio and television career as well as thousands of letters and stories about her experiences which she wrote down or recorded – many of them involving the most famous people in the world. All of this combines to provide people with an "as it happened” walk back in time to the days of early television. A vast marketing plan surrounding Peg Lynch is already underway on social media.
Kristin Erickson
The KE Agency
phone: 6084440654
fax: 6084440654
2420 Evans Road, McFarland, WI 53558
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